View of valley of the Kings
Luxor would be our last tour of Egypt on this trip. We would start by taking a half a day to travel to the Valley of the Kings on the West bank and then to the east to Thebes: Thebes was the location where the kings tombs were moved to after the abandonment of Memphis where the pyramid style tombs were used. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone with corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The city of Thebes was the place where huge temples were built on the bank of the nile to honor the gods. On the west were the burial grounds for the Pharaohs. The tombs in the Valley of the Kings include those of Seti I, Ramesses III, Ramesses VI, erneptah, Ramesses IX, Ramesses IV, Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep II, Child king Tutankhamun, to mention but a few. This location was chosen by Pharaoh Thutmose the architect of the nw kingdom as his royal burial place, the valley eventually hosted burial tombs for more than sixty Pharaohs that followed his reign.
Because of the late discovery, the tomb of Tutankhamun is one of the most famous tombs. In seeking immortality the people of ancient Egypt preserved the body for the life after death: the mummification of bodies after death was a process that added mystery to this ancient way.
Entrance to the tomb of Rameses
I think if I had to do it all over again, I would go to the valley of Kings and spend more than just half a day touring and learning more about his ancient place. After we were done with the Egyptian trip we included the tour of the Valley of the Kings as part of the Luxor cruise package: 2 days in the Valley of Kings and 4 nights cruise.
To be continued . . .